ATLAS maps the deep blue Atlantic

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017
Image of macine in the ocean
We know more about the dark side of the moon and the surface of Mars than we do about our deep ocean environments. EU-funded research is shedding more light on the darkest depths of the North Atlantic maritime region. A better understanding of deep-sea habitats will inform the sustainable management of this vital resource.

What happens in the depths of oceans has a profound effect on our environment and climate. A global effort is underway to improve understanding of these depths – essential to developing what is called ‘maritime spatial planning’ (MSP). This is a process of involving multiple users of the ocean, across borders and sectors, to make informed and coordinated decisions on managing marine resources in an efficient, safe and sustainable way.

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Project: 
A Trans-AtLantic Assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based Spatial management plan for Europe
Project Acronym: 
ATLAS
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